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Here’s a welcome and link to the new kid on the block, Research on Diversity in Youth Literature, coedited by Sarah Park Dahlen and Gabrielle Atwood Halko. RDYL is a “peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal,” meaning it is an academic journal that everyone can read for free. The debut number contains five meaty essays touching upon a number of themes related to diversity in  children’s books and  in the scholarship drawn from them* and I especially enjoyed reading Michelle H. Martin and J. Elizabeth Mills’ article about Full Cicada Moon, where they considered how their own different ethnic identities affected how they each read a book about a girl with an identity that overlapped that of each scholar. Worthwhile reading; take a look.

*What I mean is, the research frequently takes a self-reflexive turn. Told you, it’s academic!

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Gabrielle Halko says:

    Roger, thank you for letting folks know about our new journal! RDYL was founded by a community of scholars and fostering/expanding a diverse scholarly community is one of our primary goals. We appreciate the shout-out!

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